Life Skills

Quality Award in Careers Education

Sutton School is currently working towards the Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) from Prospects.

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The Government recommends that all schools should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school’s career programme.

Quality awards lead to better careers and guidance programmes because they will help school continuously improve their careers work.

What is in it for our students and their parents / carers?

Gaining accreditation for Careers Education at Sutton School proves to the school, students and their parents/carers, that they are getting the very best from all their careers activities – from careers lessons, impartial information about options in learning and employment, up to that most important opportunity to access face to face careers guidance.

If you have any questions or need advice regarding Careers, Post 16 or Work Experience please contact Mrs Ralphs at school.

Blanket update

Pupils, staff, parents and friends of the school have been very busy knitting and crocheting for our blanket appeal. We have had a great response and already have a lot of blankets ready to go. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

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We will be delivering the blankest in the next few weeks so if you have any to add to our collection please send them in as soon as possible.

Knit one purl one

Now everyone is back from their adventures both at home and abroad, it's time to get knitting again. Our knitting skills are developing nicely and we have some squares ready to be sewn into blankets.

The staff have been getting involved too, even taking their knitting to do by the pool in Menorca!

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If you have been making squares, or wish to help us out, please send your contributions into school with your child before the 16th October.

We're off to sunny Spain

Today, those of us who are going to Menorca spent the day getting ready to go. We practised packing and unpacking a suitcase, what happens in the airport and looked at the hotel.

Mr Sant taught us some useful Spanish phrases such as hola (hello), por favour (please), and gracias (thank you). We also learned to count to ten.

After lunch we learned about Miro, a famous Spanish artist.

We are very excited and are looking forward to our trip.

Don't forget to check back while we're away to see what we are up to.

Knitting for charity

As part of our life skills lessons we are learning to knit and crochet. We are aiming to make blankets to send to refugees from Syria. Every pupil is aiming to make at least one square, which Mrs Baker and other teachers will then sew together. We are trying very hard and some of us are getting very good.

We would like to have as many blankets to send as we can, so we are asking any parents/carers/grandparents/friends who can knit to help us. If you can knit or crochet, we would love it if you could make a square to be added to ours. If you have the time, and want to make a whole blanket, even better!

If you can't knit or crochet, but would like to help, then donations of wool and/or knitting needles would be gratefully received.

We aim to have our blankets ready to take to a collection point over half term, so please send any donations in to school by 17th October.

Cooking up a storm

Now that the Skills for Life room is up and running, Mrs Baker and Mr Sant have been test driving it to the tune of 'Funky Sausage Rolls' and 'Baker's Amazing Butterfly Fancies'. Classes in years 7 and 8 have been bearing witness to Mrs Baker's mastery of the wooden spoon and mixing bowl and marvelled at Mr Sant's spotty apron. The children have practised lots of skills.

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Sometimes things haven't gone exactly to plan.

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But mostly we have had great success in the kitchen.

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Cook on!

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As part of their topic of work for PWB and Maths Year 8 visited Safeside in Birmingham. It is a safety town run by West Midlands Fire Service. We had to spot hazards in different scenarios, and our guide explained how to keep ourselves, our belongings and money safe. We had a great day.

Skills For Life

The Skills for Life room has undergone a recent make over. Lots of money has been spent on new equipment including two new range cookers, bread makers, slow cookers, toasters, kettles, mixers, a washing machine and a tumble dryer. All of this new equipment will help all the children learn vital life skills such as cooking and household tasks. The pictures show the transformation.

From lots of busy workmen and lots of mess...

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To sparkly new range cookers...

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 New cupboards and equipment...

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We even managed to get a brand new pantry...

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We even managed to get a brand new pantry.

Activty Week - Literacy

While pupils and staff were enjoying their time at Astley Burf, the rest of the school enjoyed a curriculum enrichment week. Here's what we got up to with the Literacy department...

Pupils experienced a week of Harry Potter awe and wonder!

The Sorting Hat allocated them to their houses - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or  Slytherin. Once sorted, we made Potter owls, looked through the Mirror of Erised, created our own  wands and made Golden Snitches. All were excellent pupils of Hogwarts! Sadly, they all had to leave as the Hogwarts Express was waiting in the station.

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